By Gabriel Agbonlahor

27th Oct, 2021 | 8:00am

Agbonlahor slams Newcastle bid to sign Coady as Wolves asking price reported

Newcastle United should sign a “no-nonsense centre-half” in January – not somebody like Conor Coady.

That is the view of ex-England and Aston Villa attacker Gabby Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider as it is reported Newcastle are eyeing a move for Coady.

The Sun reported (October 23) the club have put the Wolves skipper on their list of transfer targets ahead of the January transfer window.

It is claimed leading advisor Frank McParland is a huge fan of the 28-year-old but it would take £20million to prise him away from Wolves.

Coady was a member of the England squad that reached the European Championship final over the summer.

He did not play a minute of the tournament but Three Lions coach Steve Holland claimed he was England’s “player of the tournament”.

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That was because of the work he put in on the training ground and his behind-the-scenes leadership.

Asked whether that would make him a good Newcastle signing, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Not for me, no.

“It’s not about leaders, it’s about defenders.

“Conor Coady is a good player but I don’t think he’s going to improve the Newcastle United defence. They need a no-nonsense centre-half who’s going not going to stand for anything, not a Conor Coady.

“They need to look at better defenders than that.”

Coady has played 286 times across all competitions for Wolves, including 122 appearances in the Premier League.

The 28-year-old is under contract at Molineux until the summer of 2025 after penning a new deal in September 2020.

In other news, there has been a huge update on Newcastle United’s pursuit of Rafa Benitez after a surprise twist.